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From the publisher - Sept 2012

08/31/2012 02:06PM ● Published by Aimee Cormier

Are you prepared to vote on Nov. 6?

Many of us are eagerly awaiting the opportunity to have our voices heard on Nov. 6 in the Presidential Election. But that’s just one of the important items on the ballot. Another is the election of U.S. Congressman from the 3rd district that represents most of the residents who are Acadiana LifeStyle readers. And there are many other items to be decided as well.

So, here’s the question: Are you prepared to vote on Nov. 6? First, you must be registered to vote. Second, you should become educated about the qualifications of each candidate and the positions each has taken on major issues.

These days it is hard to understand how anyone is not registered to vote. A person can register at any office of the Registrar of Voters, as well as at Louisiana Department of Motor Vehicle offices, Louisiana Department of Social Services offices and WIC offices, Food Stamp offices, and Medicaid offices. Additionally, a person can register at offices serving persons with disabilities, such as the Deaf Action Centers and Independent Living offices and at Armed Forces Recruitment offices. And if one of these offices is not convenient, you can even register online with the Secretary of State at http://www.sos.la.gov/tabid/955/Default.aspx

The second step to become prepared to vote will take a little more effort. To become educated about the candidates and issues involved in the upcoming election will require some time. It’s not sufficient to just listen to what a candidate will say during his campaign. Unfortunately, some candidates will not be as forthcoming about their positions as voters would like. Instead, do some investigating about how this person has spoken or acted regarding the key issues prior to his election campaign. Google the candidate’s name with the issue and see what you’ll find. Discuss the pros and cons of each one with your family, friends and co-workers. By engaging in conversation, your knowledge about the candidates will grow.

Look for a candidate who shares your values and beliefs. It’s been said that societies are not neutral when it comes to values. Someone’s values are going to be supported and someone else’s values are going to be suppressed. We need to get involved in politics. Once we’ve cast our vote, our duty is not finished. We have an obligation to exercise our rights as American citizens to speak out on issues, to contact our representatives in Washington and let them know how we stand on issues that are being discussed. Even these duties are easier than ever, thanks to email and the many social media options available to us.

You must register to vote at least 30 days before the election, so why not act now? And let me encourage you to read, discuss and study the candidates’ positions now so you will be prepared to vote on Nov. 6.

With the huge national debt continuing to grow out of control, economic recovery anemic, and social security and medicare programs on unsure footing, how can anyone not step up and be prepared to vote on Nov. 6?

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